The Far East and Black Sea Coast Sights

Kirklar Kilisesi (Church of the 40s)

  • 217 Sağlik Sok. 8 Map It
  • Mardin
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

Mardin was once home to a large Christian community and several churches remain in the city, although only a few are still functioning. The most likely to be open is the Kirklar Kilisesi, a Syriac Orthodox Church of the Forty Martyrs. It's on a narrow lane a hundred yards or so west of the Mardin Museum. Parts of the church dates back to the year 569, though most of what you see is medieval. There are some beautiful stone carvings and a shady courtyard. Neighborhood children will offer to take you there, which is probably a good idea, since it can be hard to find. To see it in action, attend a Sunday service at around 9 am, but make sure to dress modestly and be aware that photography is forbidden.

Sight Information


217 Sağlik Sok. 8, Mardin, Mardin, Turkey

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 8–5

Published 07/06/2016


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